A Theoretically Driven Investigation of the Efficacy of an Immersive Interactive Avatar Rich Virtual Environment in Pre-deployment Nursing Knowledge and Teamwork Skills Training
Annual rept. 1 May 2012- 30 April 2013
OLD DOMINION UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION NORFOLK VA
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The Department of Defense has only one Level I trauma center making the education, training, and sustainment of deployment critical trauma management skills of military nurses far more challenging. Military nurses recognize the need for predeployment and sustainment training that enables high functioning clinical and teamwork skills. However, the existing programs for such pre-deployment training fail to reach all deploying military nurses or are given just in time when learner readiness may be adversely affected by the stressors associated with preparing to depart home station for deployment. Current military medical training reflects variability across the services and between military training centers in relation to the curriculum presented, instructional pedagogy, and instructional quality. Measures of effectiveness data is minimal and often has not been conducted in a rigorous manner. To be clear, tremendous capability and dedication exist within the Nurse Corps, but training program improvements can and should continuously be tested and made available.
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